20 August, 2019
Gadsden State Community College President Dr. Martha Lavender announced that all programs located at the College’s McClellan Center are in the process of moving to the Cheaha Center located on the Ayers Campus. The Gadsden State McClellan Center closed following final exams for the summer semester.
“Gadsden State has added over 21,000 square feet to the Cheaha Center, which provides us with ample classroom space,” she said. “We will continue to provide training and instruction to all of the 1,200 students enrolled in Gadsden State programs in Calhoun County.”
The Cheaha Center addition will open to students for the fall semester. The center includes 15,535 square feet of additional program space and a lecture hall on the first floor as well as six offices and five classrooms on the second floor. Programs moving to the Cheaha Center are primarily general studies courses as well as instruction in licensed practical nursing, emergency medical services and surgical/operating room technology.
“Because of the Cheaha Center addition, we are not losing instructional space despite the closure of the McClellan Center,” Lavender said. “Our employment numbers are also not decreasing.”
All full-time employees remain employed and have been assigned to the Cheaha Center or other Gadsden State campuses.
“For many of the faculty and staff, it’s a homecoming of sorts for those who started their careers at the Ayers Campus,” she said.
Ayers Campus Director Michele Conger said administration, faculty and staff will continue to have a strong focus on Calhoun County.
“We are proud to continue offering workforce training and educational programs to the people of Calhoun and neighboring counties,” she said. “We will also continue to support the efforts of the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce, economic development organizations, community service associations, nonprofits and others that strengthen our communities and our College.”